Our first few months of marriage were spent in an apartment – tidy and lovely but an apartment nonetheless. Before our first six month’s lease was expired, we had identified a houseto move to located in historic downtown Macon, GA. (See Google maps screen capture below.) This house had been constructed in 1870 and was left in mid-renovation. We knew we wanted out of the apartment and this was where we wanted to move to. We bought it and got the renovation started up again. That time we did ALL the work ourselves except for a few things like hanging sheetrock. It was a purchase that we look back on with great memories and thankfulness for the opportunity to have done that. It prepared us somewhat for what we have been doing the past few weeks here in McDonough.
These past few weeks have been crazy! It seems a day doesn’t go by that we aren’t finding ourselves at 58 Griffin doing something. Early on we were simply raking acorns in the yard because there were about 500 pounds of them left from the past few years of neglect. Next we moved to trimming limbs hanging too low into the yard. We couldn’t see past the limbs and you couldn’t see in past the limbs….so we trimmed ’em up. Then came the death vines that were clawed into the house….who knew ivy could grow like that?!?!?! We then began the renovations with the help of Mike Fountain Construction. Mike Fountain and Marc Pirtle have done a great job working on this for us. I’d love to tell you about all the text messages, phone calls and voicemails that we have all swapped over the past few weeks during all this construction project but there’s no time for all of those. It’s been an adventure! We’ve been working on making this a place that preserved the history of the house and renovated the beauty of its original construction while also making it a gathering place for McDonough.
It’s crazy! We hadn’t planned on finding a new home for our roaster and production of our coffees. After all, we just built a nice roasting building that we could operate from. However, the time seemed right so why should we say “no” or “wait”? We have come to realize that time is the only thing we can’t get back. Why should we wait when all we do is lose the opportunity to make a difference? Why should we wait when we can partner with our kids and make a difference together? In our family, in our community and in the world. If we aren’t careful, we’ll let time slip by and then life is over. We don’t believe that life was designed to be lived like that.
Thanks for all of those of you who have already extended hands to help, said words to encourage, brought prayers to maintain and bought coffee to sustain our business. We appreciate it more than you know!
This seems like much of a rambling and I am sorry it is but it’s just thoughts on my mind.
Thanks to the Henry Herald for the interview regarding our new venture at 58 Griffin Street. I’d love to spend a few hours sharing about what we are doing and how things are going there but quite honestly, that wouldn’t be enough time. I’m sure we’ll be sharing all that soon enough. So far it has been a blast. We were honored to have this opportunity to share a peek into our vision for the Queen Bee Coffee Company’s new digs.
We are excited to officially announce that Queen Bee Coffee Company has purchased a new, 85 year old, piece of property to bring our roasting operation closer to the public we love. The old Plum Tree Antiques (58 Griffin Street) is now the home of Queen Bee Coffee Company. We are excited to make this investment in McDonough.
Please stay tuned for more details and for updates on the renovations….
Each and every day we go through routines in life – in family, in work and in fact… in almost every single area of our life.
Some of these routines are daily, weekly, monthly or some even longer interval routines. It is these routines where we often find ourselves years later wondering what happened and how we got to where we find ourselves at that point. This really shouldn’t surprise us when we have continued to do what we have always done and somehow expected something different to come of it. It really shouldn’t be a shock at all.
Why is it we do that? The same things day after day, week after week, year after year. Fear of change? Fear of failure? Fear of higher demands? Fear of greater rewards? “Yes” to all of the above.
Just the other day I was feeling so overwhelmed as I was working late in the evening in the Roastery. I felt like there was SO much to do and so LITTLE time to get it all done. Life. Family. Work. Everything just seemed so much at that moment in time. There was coffee to bag. Coffee bags to label. Stuff to pack to take to this place. Stuff to pack to take to that place. Then I just had to stop for a moment and think. It was in that short pause that I was reminded.
It was almost as though God said, “Wait! Remember why you are doing this! It’s not the coffee. It’s so much more.”
That’s what this picture is about. (I know the picture is in the posting twice but I want you to be able to click on it and see the drawing. Go ahead and do it.)
It is so much more than coffee. It’s about making a difference. It’s about making a difference in my kids as they grow up. It’s about them knowing they can find and do something they love in life. It’s about making a difference in the community. It’s about connecting people and building relationships in McDonough. It’s about making a difference in Honduras. It’s about building houses for missionaries and bringing water to the thirsty. It’s about making a difference in some child’s face as we can bring laughter and happiness and hope to them that maybe they’ve never seen before. It’s about taking my family there to do it all together. That’s what all this is about.
It’s not about the coffee…but it is somehow.
Coffee – that’s just the tool we have been blessed to be able to use to do what we do. Thank you for being a part of it!
GASP!!! I can almost hear some of you right now gasping with the “Oh NO!” thoughts running through your mind… “What will I do now?”
Well, this is an interesting conundrum we find ourselves in right now. Last season’s crop is gone and this current year’s hasn’t made it here yet. Our partner and source for the fabulous Uganda Kabum beans has run out of inventory. That’s the bad news.
Ready for the good news? Well, of course! The new crop of Kabum beans is on it’s way. They are “on the water”. That means they have been picked, processed, dried, packaged and shipped out from Uganda….literally “on the water” somewhere in between there and here. The initial inspections showed the new crop to be a good one. However, upon arrival the beans will be re-inspected and tested thoroughly before distribution. This helps to ensure what is expected to ship actually ships and arrives in the expected condition.
In the more commercial sides of the coffee industry, supply never really “runs out” because almost everything is a coffee blend that is carefully planned for. The downside is the coffee isn’t near the quality you’ll get from Queen Bee Coffee. I actually like the fact that we can’t get any more Kabum right now. That gives us an “excuse” to get some different inventory on the shelves. Our plans are to get the Kabum back as it becomes available in the near future but for now, we’ll continue to remember the delicious coffee of yesterday and lean forward with anticipation of what is coming around the corner in the near future…..